Spyker Is Dying a Slow Death
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a lot of admiration for Spyker as a brand. Yes their CEO was part of a pretty big scandal, and yes, they’re not so great at not being broke. But the cars and the idea itself, well, they're just fantastic. All that fantasticality, though, might be sinking the entire brand. PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Spyker B6 Venator
Amidst the launch of its new Spyker B6 Venator prototype towards the end of 2013 (allegedly based on the Lotus Exige), Spyker was doing all it could to save money. But not in the best way. Actually, the opposite of that.
According to Autoblog.nl, as of today, Spyker hasn’t paid its employees for two months. That means that the entire engineering department is spending most of its days at home, instead of building the new B6 Venator.
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Suppliers aren’t being paid either, meaning no parts can be delivered, and the factory resembles more of a ghost town than it does a facility that builds high-end sportscars. Things have gotten so bad that the remaining Spyker engineers have been forced to buy nuts and bolts from a local hardware store.
It sounds like an automotive horror story. The report goes on to tell us that bankruptcy is “imminent,” and it’s only a matter of time before the doors close altogether. Unless, that is, some Chinese investors have some extra money to blow.
We reached out to Spyker for comment but have yet to receive a response.
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